Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers weigh in on our cover story about the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth and an essay on encouraging kids to read.


Thanks to Kathryn Miles (“Pilgrim’s Half-Life,” August 27) for this first-class job of reporting, and to Diane Turco for initiating the adventure that stimulated the article. As one of the 93,000 people living within the 10-mile evacuation zone of Pilgrim, I am horrified by all I have learned about the lax safety culture at this aging plant. Sadly, most people don’t want to know the details of what goes on there — it’s too scary. But until we the people wake up to the serious danger it presents — not just for those of us in the 10-mile zone but for the nearly 5 million people within the 50-mile radius — nothing will change.

Henrietta Cosentino / Plymouth

Pilgrim closing will be a huge loss to our non carbon base load in Massachusetts. What will replace it?


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Alison Lobron’s essay (“Let’s Stop Teaching Kids Reading Is Boring,” August 27) implies that the only written product in existence is novels, and that only fiction can be “fun.” May I suggest that a nonfiction book can be fun and rewarding?

Martin Goshgarian / Somerville

This is such a timely reminder as we live in a world where social media vies for our attention and takes away from the “stamina” required to attend to the beauty of the written word. I wholeheartedly agree with the author’s suggestion that local libraries find new and creative ways to “hook” our children back on reading.

Susan Kimball / Amesbury


I had a teacher [who] said it wasn’t important what you read, but that you continuously read — be it books, periodicals or the newspaper. Maybe if summer reading programs promoted all types of reading, not just library books, students would be much more engaged. Even online reading, like I am doing right now!

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